Holiday time is almost over! We hope you have had some enjoyable times. Here is a catch-up of some recent disability and SEN related news…….

Here is the latest edition of Choices, the newsletter of Carers’ Resource. Find out how you can be involved in an exhibition for Carers’ Rights Day in November, plus lots of news and advice.


Fighting for an Education – BBC1 Panorama, 7th September

As most children in England return to their classrooms, reporter Sean Dilley investigates the system for supporting young people with special educational need – the link to the programme is here.


The latest news from the local offer can be found here.


The Government’s latest update on changes to the law around EHCPs due to covid.


Short Breaks Consultation – be part of a focus group.  The team at Bradford Council have started to review the content on the Local Offer to ensure that the information, eligibility criteria and referral process is accessible to all. Find out how you can get involved here.



Also from the Local Offer, this is an opportunity for young people to have a say on outcomes. The end date for this is 6th September and the survey can be accessed here 

These outcomes are:

The people who love and care for me are enabled to do this

I feel supported and safe

I am confident and able to achieve my dreams

I feel valued, included and accepted

My voice is heard and I have control of my life

I enjoy good health and wellbeing

You can also get more information about this from the Local Offer page.


We have received a LOT of feedback from you all recently and have passed concerns onto the relevant people at the Local Authority. They have advised that they have uploaded information onto the Local Offer that should address some of your concerns and they will keep updating it with local and national government info. I will post the links they have suggested looking at below.

From the start of the new academic term of September all educational settings will have a legal duty to provide the provision in the EHC plan.

In addition, The LA is expecting that all children return to school in September. Schools will be contacting families who have children with complex health conditions that require additional clinical protection (including children who require aerosol generating procedures- AGP) to undertake assessments to establish how their health and educational needs can be met

COVID-19 – FAQs on returning to School–faqs-on-returning-to-school

Back to School – Top tips and support–top-tips-and-support

COVID-19 – Travel to school government guidance and West Yorkshire response–travel-to-school-government-guidance-and-west-yorkshire-response


Access to urgent and crisis care for autistic people in West Yorkshire Welcome to our survey.

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WYHHCP) is made up of organisations working closely together to plan health and care services across the area.

To find out more visit their website at

They want to ensure that urgent and crisis care services meet the needs of people with autistic spectrum conditions. To do this they need you to tell them about what is working well and what needs improving.

This survey is for autistic people of all ages, their parents, carers or staff supporting individuals. This includes people with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome, people who self-diagnose/identify as autistic, and people on the waiting list for an autism assessment. You can access the survey here.